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Central Bank of Libya
مصرف ليبيا المركزي
Headquarters Tripoli
Established 1956
President Farhat Bengdara
Central Bank of Libya
Currency Libyan dinar
ISO 4217 Code LYD
Preceded by Libyan Currency Committee

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) is 100% state owned and represents the monetary authority in The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and enjoys the status of autonomous corporate body. The law establishing the CBL stipulates that the objectives of the central bank shall be to maintain monetary stability in Libya , and to promote the sustained growth of the economy in accordance with the general economic policy of the state.

The headquarter of the Central Bank is in Tripoli. However, to make the CBL services more accessible to commercial banks branches and public departments located far from the headquarter, the CBL has three branches located in Benghazi , Sebha and Sirte.



The CBL started its operations on April 1, 1956 to replace the Libyan Currency committee which was established by the UN and other supervising countries in 1951 to ensure the well being of the Weak and poor Libyan economy. The primary aims of the Libyan Currency committee were to assist Libya in creating a unified currency in all four provinces.

Governing structures

The governing structures of the Bank are:

  1. The Governor.
  2. The Deputy Governor.
  3. The Governing Council.

Management of the general affairs of the Bank within the policies of the country is entrusted to a Board of Directors consisting of the Governor as chairman, Deputy Governor as Vice-Chairman, and Six other members, who usually represent other financial and economic interests.

The tasks of the Governor include:

  • Direct the Bank and preside over the Governing Council and Executive Commission.
  • Take primary responsibility for the Bank fulfilling its responsibilities and for doing so in a lawful manner.
  • The Governor has ultimate authority over bank contracts and other legal documents
  • The Bank's representation before tribunals of justice.
  • The representation of the Bank in all its relations with other parties.


The functions of the CBL have grown since its establishment, and now include the following :

  • Issuing and regulating banknotes and coins in Libya.
  • Regulating the quantity, quality and cost of credit to meet the requirements of economic growth and monetary stability.
  • Taking appropriate measures to deal with foreign or local economic and financial problems;
  • Acting as a banker to the Commercial banks;
  • Supervising Commercial banks to ensure the soundness of their Financial position and protection of the rights of depositors and shareholders.
  • Acting as a banker and fiscal agent to the state and public entities.
  • Advising the state on the formulation and implementation of financial and economic policy.
  • Supervising foreign exchange.
  • Carrying out any other functions or transactions normally performed by central banks, as well as any tasks charged to it under the Law of banking and currency and credit or any international convention to which the state is a party ;
  • Managing and issuing all state loans.

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